How to find and delete large unused files and applications on Mac using standard tools

Popular wisdom says: “There is never too much space on a computer.” In this article, we will tell you how to use the standard macOS tools to identify applications and files that you have not used for a long time, programs that take up the most space on your Mac and how to remove them.

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Starting with macOS Sierra 10.12, the Apple desktop operating system has acquired a standard utility that allows you to centrally manage information on the Mac. It will help you see the entire list of installed programs and files, sort them by size and date of last use, and quickly remove if necessary. This utility is not available on OS X El Capitan and older versions of the operating system.

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How to remove unnecessary programs and files using the Storage Optimization utility, freeing up disk space?

1. Open the menu  → About This Mac

About this Mac

2. Go to the “Vault“.

3. Click on the “To rule…“.

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<p>4. In the left side menu open the section “<em>Programs</em>“.</p>
<p>We recommend starting the process of uninstalling applications from those that have not been used for a long time. To do this, activate the column “<em>Last access</em>»(The arrow must be directed upwards – the list is displayed starting with the most unused programs) to sort the entire list of applications according to a specified criterion.</p>
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To sort by size, activate the column “The size“.

5. To remove a program, select it and press the “Delete” at the bottom of the screen.

How to uninstall a program on Mac

6. In the pop-up window, click “Delete”

How to uninstall a program on Mac


Please note that absolutely all applications are displayed in the list of the disk space manager, including those located outside the folder “Programs“.

7. To delete large files, use the section “Documents“And the tab”Large files“. To sort by size, activate the column “The size”

How to find and delete large files on Mac

Of course, there are third-party solutions for quick and high-quality duplicate search (Gemini), measuring file sizes on Mac (WhatSize), deleting and cleaning almost any kind of information on Mac (CleanMyMac, HocusFocus). True, such applications are often paid.

In the comments, be sure to tell us about how and with what tools you clean your Mac.

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